Hugh Jenkyns, Professor of Earth Sciences and former Tutor at St Edmund Hall, has been elected Foreign Member of the Milan-based Lombard Institute Academy of Science and Letters (Istituto Lombardo Accademia di Scienze e Lettere). The election recognises his research on Italian geology that led to a greater understanding of global climatic and environmental change in deep time.
The Lombard Institute was founded in 1797 by Napoleon Bonaparte to discover and refine the physical and mathematical sciences, the moral and political sciences, and literature and fine arts. The first president of the Institute was Alessandro Volta, inventor of the voltaic cell. Other Foreign Members have included many leading scientists of the C19th and C20th centuries, and currently include Oxford academics Professor Sir John Ball, Sedleian Professor of Natural Philosophy, Director of the Oxford Centre for Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations and Fellow of the Queen’s College; and Dennis Noble, Emeritus Professor of Cardiovascular Physiology and Fellow of Balliol College.